14-Year-Old Beautifully Sings ‘Nearer My God To Thee’

14-year-old Steven Samuel Devassy sings ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ joyfully, giving praise to God.


The song was penned in 1841 by Sarah Flower Adams, a famous British actress . She later suffered from various health problems and could not continue theater and resorted to writing poems and hymns, seeking comfort in them.

The lyrics were set to music by her sister Eliza Flower. However, the most notable tune sung to this day was taken from Lowell Mason’s ‘Bethany’ written in 1856.

Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee.

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

The hymn was written to follow the sermon of Sarah’s pastor on Genesis 28:11-19, known as the story of Jacob’s ladder, or Jacob’s dream. She wrote the hymn in a week.

Each day of the believer’s life is a day nearer and closer to God. The song is a call unto God, expressing the believer’s complete trust and surrender in God, the Father.

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Genesis 28:15 (NKJV)

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